- Fern Kinney
Born in Jackson,
Mississippi, Kinney began singing in the late 1960s, and joined the vocalgroup, The Poppies, replacing their former singer, Patsy McClune. Kinney remained in the group with Dorothy Mooreand Rosemary Taylor for about two years, and also released a solo single, "Your Love's Not Reliable", during this time, however it was not a success.
In the early 1970s she began working as a
session musicianand backing vocalist. Among the songs she sang on were King Floyd's "Groove Me", and her former "Poppie" bandmate Dorothy Moore's 1976 Top 10 single, " Misty Blue".
By then having settled as a housewife, Kinney in 1979 decided to attempt a comeback, and she recorded her own version of "Groove Me", but changed the
rhythmon the songto turn it into a disco dance track. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard dance chart. Her next single " Together We Are Beautiful", released in 1980 was another disco song, but with a slower and more sultry beat. It had been recorded by the British vocalist, Steve Allan, eighteen months earlier.cite book
title= The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits
publisher= Guinness Superlatives Ltd
location= Enfield, Middlesex
pages= p. 202
id= ISBN 0-85112-250-7] It failed to chart in the
United States, but reached number one in the United Kingdomcite book
title= British Hit Singles & Albums
publisher= Guinness World Records Limited
pages= p. 304
id= ISBN 1-904994-10-5] .
Kinney's subsequent releases attempted to continue in the disco style, however by this time the disco fad had reached its peak and Kinney was unable to repeat her success. By 1983 she had returned to her earlier career as a backing vocalist. Kinney is regarded as a one hit wonder.
One-hit wonders in the UK
List of number-one singles from the 1980s (UK)
List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
List of disco artists
List of people from Mississippi
List of performers on Top of the Pops
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